Thomas Powers: Joseph Heller
8 March 2012
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Robson, 548 pp., £25, September 2011, 978 1 84954 172 5Show More
Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller was Dad and Life was a Catch-22 by Erica Heller.
Vintage, 272 pp., £8.99, October 2011, 978 0 09 957008 0Show More
“... tragedy is hard, but comedy is murder; Bruce Jay Friedman, who wrote novels, plays and movies; Mario Puzo, who made a fortune with his novel The Godfather; and Speed Vogel, who resists summary. Heller’s wife Shirley in her youth had been a friend of Vogel’s sister on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In 1962, she ran into Vogel on the beach at Fire ...”